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SOUND COMMUNITY SERVICES INC
February 28, 2011

I can't be more proud of an organization than I am of Sound Community Services, having served on the board of directors since 1998 and as chairman for 3years until 2010. After being witness to friends and family members suffering from various mental illnesses(manic depression, paranoia followed by substance abuse resulting in several deaths and suicide attempts) and failed treatments , I grabbed at the opportunity to serve and try to make a small difference. I thought the intent of the non-profit of helping adults adapt back into the community both socially and possibly employment wise was wonderful. Immediately after I joined the board of First Step Inc. trajedy struck with the murder of a manager. But our board showed it's mettle in leadership by supporting improved treatment, improving safeguards for our employees and clients, community education about our organization and mental illness, and merging First Step Inc.(case management) and IBH(clinical side) into Sound Community Services Inc. in 2005 with the result of providing seamless care for our clients.Our board was formed by merging both boards but quickly took on it's own personality. With the direction of our CEO Dr. Gail Lawson we have perfomed the merger, in process of moving our day program, the Oasis Center,to a better andlarger facility,have an in-house pharmacy,moved the Norwich clinic to a newer facility, expanded housing, and in the process of acquiring a building to better house SCS. I am also extermely proud of the development of our fundraising aspects of the board. We have many members actively involved.One example of usage of the money raise is to send two clints to High Hopes for therapeutic riding. Oter monies will be used for capital expenses.The saddest part is that I am off the board for one year after serving three cosecutive 3 year terms! But I do volunteer on some committees.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing people overcome their illness and become part of the community. I am proud to have known clients that have served on our board.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase the size of the board and increase fundraising.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Served on the board.

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